Agreement reached to move King Coal Highway project forward

McDowell County
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DELBARTON, WV (WVNS) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have reached an agreement that will allow progress to be made on the King Coal Highway.  It involves a key segment in the area of the Buffalo Mountain Mine.

According to U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV), the area is critical to the completion of the project, but has been delayed by red tape.  After discussions with the congressman’s office and other agencies, the EPA has said they will not object to finalizing the environmental report if the Army Corps and the Federal Highway Administration follow through with revisions.

“Southern West Virginia needs the King Coal Highway.  With President Trump’s commitment to building up our nation’s infrastructure, this is our chance to get the King Coal Highway done for the residents of southern West Virginia,” said Rep. Jenkins. “The King Coal Highway and the Buffalo Mountain Mine are making progress and are one step closer in clearing a major hurdle.  The EPA and the Army Corps have been working together, and there have been key developments for these critical projects.”

According to a release from Rep. Jenkins office, Buffalo Mountain is critical to completing this much-needed highway.  The sie is an important public-private partnership that would lower costs for taxpayers, and the development project would also provide hundreds of acres of flat land to be used for future economic development.

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